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Tales and legends of the Black Forest

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The Black Forest may no longer be quite as imposing and mysterious as it was for our ancestors, but it still exudes a very special attraction. It is therefore no surprise that many myths and legends are entwined around the largest closed forest area in Germany. These stories are even inspiration for big companies around the world.

Legends, fairy tales and sagas are a popular topic in many industries

Not only in Germany, but also in other countries, legends, fairy tales and sagas are taken up again and again. They are a major inspiration in many industries, including the gaming industry, for example. There are numerous game manufacturers for slot games that opt ​​for a mystical theme. These games are offered in all types of casinos. In addition to on-site casinos, we also find them in a wide variety of online gambling halls such as Casinos without a license, casinos with license or casinos with cryptocurrencies. Admittedly, most of the games in question deal with Egyptian, Greek or Roman mythology, but sometimes sagas and legends from other cultures are also the subject. A good example of this is “Mystical Schwarzwald” by CT Gaming, which is all about the mystical Black Forest.

The Teufelsstein of Ortisei

The Teufelsstein is located in the St. Ulrich monastery in the Möhlin Valley. That alone is already a surprise, because monks certainly don't want to have much to do with the devil. An even bigger surprise: The stone is said to have been delivered by the devil himself. The legend goes back to Saint Ulrich. After expanding his small monastery in 1087 AD, he wanted a stone trough for the well. However, he cannot find a suitable stone and delivery is unfortunately not possible due to the narrowness of the valley.

One day he falls asleep outside and in his dream sees a round block of sandstone on the seabed. After he wakes up, he is approached by a hunter. The hunter offers to bring the block of stone to the monastery before the evening. But not out of the goodness of his heart, but only on one condition - Ulrich must pledge his soul to him. The monk then realizes who he is dealing with. So he makes a proposal to the devil. If he delivers the stone in time before the transformation, he can have his soul. If he is late, the stone is given free of charge. Since Ulrich asks God for help during the mass, the devil cannot make the delivery in time. He may therefore keep both his soul and the longed-for stone for the artistic pool.

The legend of the helpful little glass man

There are many stories about the helpful little glass man. There are also some variations of the legend. Not to mention all the fairy tales inspired by the little glass man. Basically, it is nothing more than a helpful little man who helps people or even fulfills their wishes. The helpful little glass man appears in the famous fairy tale "The cold heart' by Wilhelm Hauff. The main character of the fairy tale is Peter, who is fed up with his life as a charcoal burner. He would much rather be respected and rich like the raftsman Ezekiel.

When he finds the glass man in the forest, he is granted three wishes. To the annoyance of the glass man, all Peter wants is wealth. He gets it but can't handle it. Due to his lack of sense, he gambles away all his wealth. He then meets the notorious Dutchman Michel. The Dutch Michel offers him prestige and wealth throughout his life. All he has to do is swap his beating heart for a heart of stone. Peter agrees and all his wishes are granted. He even marries the most beautiful girl in the whole area. But because of his heart of stone, he cannot love it. Later he even rejects his mother and kills his wife. In the end, the story still has a happy ending: together with the little glass man, he outwits Dutchman Michel and gets his heart back. His warm feelings bring even his wife back to life. Now he is poor, but happy.

The treasure from the brother hole

The Bruderloch is located in the southern Black Forest near Kandern. It is a cave in which a friar from Venice is said to have lived and made gold. The first mention of the brother hole is in 1688. Allegedly, the brother was being pursued, which is why he hid in the cave. Even more interesting: He even knew of a treasure. Unfortunately, this treasure was never found. The brother, on the other hand, does. When he tried in Basel Selling gold, he was arrested. After that he was never seen again. By the way, the height is still there. However, it can only be reached via an unkempt and unsecured path. In addition, the chance of a treasure is zero. Those, who gambling as a hobby have are more likely to find something.

The legend of the Suggental

Ore mining flourished in the Suggental a long time ago. As a result, residents had great wealth. The whole valley was densely built up with houses. Today there are only a few houses, a few courtyards and a church. How did this happen? This is described in the legend of the Suggental. The Suggentals were so rich that they lived in the lap of luxury. Instead of wearing shoes, they danced with hollowed-out loaves of bread on their feet.

One day a priest comes by to give the last rites to a sick person. When some of the guests hear the priest's bell, they want to kneel down. The Countess forbids this on the grounds that all her cows have a bell. So it's nothing special. As is well known, pride comes before a fall. The Countess's statement offends God and shortly thereafter a dark cloud is brewing in the sky. As expected, a great deluge ensues that sweeps everyone away. In the end only a church, the old man, his son, a small child and a cat remain. All other residents die. The valley now has over 350 residents again. There is even a town hall.

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